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Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.

The temblor struck on the north tip of the island, about 7 miles from Waimea at 6:24 a.m. local time.

About 15 to 20 miles from the epicenter, the quake felt like a quick shudder, very brief, but stronger than smaller quakes that sometimes hit the Big Island. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Hurricane Iselle was on course to hit the Big Island Thursday night, and was being tailed by Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.

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